Chemistry in Confined Spaces

Welcome to Sashuk's Group !

Molecules are like humans - are born and die, get married and divorced, and when imprisoned do not give up but change their behavior.

Our research is mainly focused on the study of confined matter. We wonder how the chemical entities are affecting or being affected by the confined environment they create. In particular, we are interested in harnessing their modified properties for catalysis or self-assembly by translating them from the molecular level onto nanoscale (or even further) and vice versa. The confined systems we are currently dealing with include molecules and colloids entrapped by supramolecular cavities or self-assembled at interfaces.






04.01.2016 - Finally we started our group. There we go !!!

16.02.2016 - Our first paper "Triggering autocatalytic reaction by host-guest interactions" has just appeared in Chemical Communications.

23.03.2016 - Another paper "A Thermo- and Photo-Switchable Ruthenium Initiator For Olefin Metathesis" was published in Chemistry - A European Journal.

08.04.2016 - Our next paper "Host–guest complexes of cucurbit[6]uril with the trypanocide drug diminazene and its degradation product 4-aminobenzamidine" was accepted to publication in CrystEngComm.

21.06.2016 - Grzegorz Sobczak was awarded for the presentation of his master thesis at the poster session of University of Warsaw. Congratulations!!!

29.08.2016 - Our paper "A halogen-free synthesis of gold nanoparticles using gold(III) oxide" was just published in Journal of Nanoparticle Research.

15.09.2016 - Grzegorz Sobczak has earned his master's degree. Congratulations!!!

27.09.2016 - Koncrad Rogaczewski has received his bachelor's degree. Congratulations!!!

01.10.2016 - We welcome Helena Butkiewicz as a new member of our team.

10.10.2016 - Grzegorz Sobczak was admitted to PhD studies. Congratulations!!!

07.02.2017 - Our new paper "Submicron Colloidosomes of Tunable Size and Wall Thickness" is ASAP now in Langmuir.

01.03.2017 - Marek Kamiński begins working on his Master's thesis. Welcome to the team.

15.05.2017 - We have just received a research grant (1.3 mln PLN) from the National Science Centre.

19.06.2017 - Volodymyr Sashuk completes his habilitation. Congratulations !!!

01.09.2017 - Nazar Rad just joined our group. Welcome !!!

09.10.2017 - Our article "Triggering autocatalytic reaction by host-guest interactions" was awarded in the competition for the best work of the Institute published in 2016.

27.11.2017 - Our manuscript entitled "Pillar[4]pyridinium: a square-shaped molecular box" has been just accepted for publication in Chemical Communications.

14.12.2017 - Our research on pillar[4]pyridinium made the cover of the latest issue of Chemical Communications !!!

22.12.2017 - Marek Kamiński defends his master's thesis. Congratulations !!!

22.12.2017 - Our ChemComm paper on pillar[4]pyridinium has been highlighted with a Chemistry World news article.

01.01.2018 - Two new people Karol Wróblewski and Piotr Ostapowicz have just joined our group. Welcome !!!

23.02.2018 - Our manuscript entitled "Photoswitchable Catalysis by a Small Swinging Molecule Confined on the Surface of a Colloidal Particle" is ASAP now in ACS Catalysis !!!

11.06.2018 - Our new paper entitled "Pillar[6]pyridinium: a hexagonally-shaped molecular box that selectively recognizes anionic species" has been published in Chemical Communications !!!

01.11.2018 - We have a new member. Mykola, welcome to the team !!!

01.02.2019 - Karol Wróblewski defends his BSc thesis. Congratulations !!!

17.06.2019 - Our manuscript entitled "Reversing Chemoselectivity: Simultaneous Positive and Negative Catalysis by Chemically Equivalent Rims of a Cucurbit[7]uril Host" has just been accepted for publication in Angewandte Chemie !!!

24.07.2019 - Sandra, Magda and Grzegorz have won the "Young researchers of IPC PAS" competition. Congratulations !!!

24.02.2020 - Our recent research on supramolecular catalysis by pillar[n]arenes has been published in a special collection of ChemCatChem entitled Chemistry in Confined Spaces

22.05.2020 - A bunch of new papers appeared in collaboration with Prof. R. Hołyst (Biosens. Bioelectron) and dr O. Danylyuk (CrystEngComm1, CrystEngComm2).

22.05.2020 - We received new research funding (1,6 mln PLN) from the National Science Centre.

11.08.2020 - Our studies on visual recognition of phthalic acid isomers made the cover of the latest Chemical Communications issue !!!

18.11.2020 - Grzegorz Sobczak became the laureate of the "Young researchers of IPC PAS" competition. Congratulations !!!

07.12.2020 - Our last year's Angewandte Chemie article has been chosen as one of the best papers published in 2019. Congratulations to Nazar and Oksana !!!

18.01.2021 - Our minireview on photoswitchable catalysis by nanoparticles has appeared in ChemCatChem and decorated the front cover of the upcoming issue. Great job Grzegorz !!!

11.02.2021 - Magda Szewczyk defended her doctoral thesis. Congratulations !!!

24.02.2021 - Pavlo Hyziuk is our new teammate. Welcome to the group !!!

01.03.2021 - For our recent paper on the synthesis of thiolated Donor-Acceptor Stenhouse Adducts and their utilization in visible-light reversible nanoparticle self-assembly see J.Phys.Chem. C.

26.03.2021 - Magda Szewczyk leaves our group. We wish you all the best in your future career !!!

21.04.2021 - We are pleased to announce our new collaborative papers with dr. O. Danylyuk (CrystEngComm1, CrystEngComm2), dr. M. Potopnyk (Org. Biomol. Chem.) and dr. M. Wiloch (ChemElectroChem).

13.05.2021 - Our article on the discrimination of homologous dicarboxylates has just been accepted in Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical.